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TAGSCllr Maurice QuinlivanFianna FáilIrish WaterlimerickLimerick City and County CouncilNiall Collins TDSinn Fein Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleEarly morning blaze engulfs six Croom housesNext articleLimerick junior soccer: Judge sentences Janesboro to cup exit Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook WhatsApp Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live A SPECIAL meeting of Limerick City and County Council has been scheduled for this Thursday after councillors called for an emergency discussion on water charges.The move follows last Saturday’s anti-water charges march that saw thousands of people protesting on the streets of the city.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Sinn Féin councillor Maurice Quinlivan described the recent water protests in the city as an “opportunity to let our three local Government TDs Michael Noonan, Kieran O’Donnell and Jan O’Sullivan hear the message that water charges are a step too far”.“People will not be silenced and many are being pushed into poverty by this charge,” warned the City North councillor.“For many, it is not a case of won’t pay it is simply a case of can’t pay. For a great number of families it will come down to deciding between putting food on the table or paying for water charges,” he said.“The people are now standing up and saying enough is enough. This unfair tax is happening at a time we have news that more that a quarter of children in this State are living in poverty. How many more children will be pushed over the poverty line as a result of their parents being forced to pay for water?” he asked.Meanwhile, Limerick Fianna Fail TD, Niall Collins, said he joined the week-end protest “in support and solidarity with people who can’t afford to pay the charges and in total opposition to the new quango Irish Water”.Calling for a suspension of all charges, he said that Irish Water was a gold plated, bonus driven super quango, top heavy with middle and senior management that was seeking to heap excessive water charges onto people.The Limerick TD claimed the Government has “singularly failed to recognise that many families are now beyond stretching point financially and simply don’t have the money to pay these charges”.“Inability to pay does not seem to feature in this Governments social conscience. What people want is a fair mechanism which allows them financial certainty and supply quality and Irish Water guarantees neither of these basic aims.“The vast majority of people recognise that there is a cost associated with the supply of water, but the Irish Water model is not acceptable to them. They view it as a Government money making machine,” he concluded. Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print NewsLocal NewsLimerick Council to meet on water crisisBy Alan Jacques – November 6, 2014 655 Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories
(ESPNCricinfo) – India coach Anil Kumble is “very impressed” with the facilities at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Florida, which is set to host two T20 internationals between West Indies and India over the weekend. This will be the first time India will be playing international matches in the USA. The Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, close to 50km north of Miami, is the only ICC-certified ODI standard stadium facility in the USA and hosted six Caribbean Premier League matches last month.“I certainly didn’t expect the facilities to be as good as what they are in the United States,” Kumble said in Lauderhill on Thursday. “I certainly felt that it could be a makeshift. I had heard about Florida and this ground, but very impressed with the facilities that we have seen today. It’s the first time that I’m seeing this ground and the wickets are good, ideal probably for a T20, and the practice facilities have been good. The outfield looks fantastic. So all in all, (I’m) really impressed with the facilities here.“It’s a wonderful initiative and we are really looking forward to our matches here. It’s going to be a sell-out. We know U.S. … the expats and the huge Indian Diaspora who are waiting for quality cricket to come to the U.S. We have played in the past in the West Indies and a lot of Indians come over from the U.S. to watch us. So this is a great opportunity for all of them and I’m sure this is the start of a new beginning in the United States and I’m sure there will be a lot more of the Indian team in the U.S. going forward.”The two-match series is going to be the first of what will develop into an annual event in the USA as part of efforts to “reach out to new markets and audiences,” BCCI president Anurag Thakur had said.The Indian squad arrived in Florida from the West Indies on Tuesday, before they were joined by T20 captain MS Dhoni and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah on Wednesday.Even though India won the Test series 2-0, the players from the Test squad are coming with hardly any recent match practice because of the rain-affected fourth Test in Port-of-Spain where the last four days didn’t see any play.Kumble was still optimistic about the confidence the team would carry from his first series as coach.The Central Broward Regional Park has previously hosted four T20Is – in 2010, New Zealand played two matches against Sri Lanka, and returned in 2012 for two games against West Indies.
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In this Sept. 21, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen (22) warms up in the on deck circle during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Pittsburgh. The Pirates are heading to the playoffs yet again led by McCutchen an intense, charismatic and imminently talented player who has become the biggest star in a city where Sidney Crosby, Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu also work. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Derek Jeter will walk off the baseball field for the final time as a player this weekend, taking his mystique, his iconic No. 2 jersey and a fistful of World Series rings along with him.For the better part of two decades the New York Yankees great graciously accepted the role as the face of Major League Baseball. Scandal came and went. Dynasties rose and fell.Jeter remained. Through Barry Bonds and A-Rod. Through Roger Clemens and Ryan Braun. Through milestones and slumps. Through the Mitchell Report. Through spring trainings and October after October (and in one memorable case, November).When he quietly slips out of the visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park and into history, the Yankees will lose more than their captain. The game will lose a Hall of Famer between the lines and an eloquent ambassador for the sport outside them.“There will be a void that nobody will replace,” Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “But there will be another opportunity for someone in some other place.”Like say, Pittsburgh or Los Angeles or a dozen other cities where a new generation of stars are poised to grab the mantle Jeter so delicately curated during 20 singular seasons that brought MLB into the 21st century.Not that the likely candidates want to talk about it.Press Andrew McCutchen, Mike Trout or Bryce Harper on if they’re part of the group who will pick up where Jeter left off and they sound downright Jeteresque: professional and polite, even if their play screams they’re more than ready to be the next chain in a link that stretches from Jeter to Cal Ripken Jr. to Mike Schmidt to Hank Aaron to Mickey Mantle and beyond.“It really doesn’t matter,” said McCutchen, the reigning National League MVP. “I’m just trying to do the right thing, play the game the right way. If somebody feels I should be in that category, so be it.”The 27-year-old center fielder has already accomplished something Jeter never struggled with: transforming a moribund franchise into a contender. His trademark dreadlocks a bobbing blur as he darts around the bases, McCutchen has guided the Pirates to a second consecutive playoff berth after two decades of losing.It’s a revolution that started on March 5, 2012, when he signed a contract extension that will keep him in black and gold through 2018. It didn’t matter that the Pirates were coming off their seventh straight 90-loss season. McCutchen saw a bright future where others saw a lost cause.Now the Pirates are heading to the playoffs yet again led by an intense, charismatic and eminently talented player who has become the biggest star in a city where Sidney Crosby, Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu also work.Jeter, though, has five World Series rings tucked away somewhere while McCutchen’s fingers are currently bare save for his wedding band.And maybe that’s why it could take a handful of players to move the sport forward, rather than just one. Jeter became Jeter in October.“He became the face for his World Series and his postseason numbers,” Oakland outfielder Jonny Gomes said. “He earned it.”Want to become the face of the game? Do it when the spotlight shines brightest.“If Mike Trout wins the World Series this year, I think he goes to the top of the list,” Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said. “I think you could say the same with Andrew McCutchen. There are some great young players that are going to be around for a long time.”San Francisco catcher Buster Posey already has a pair of titles but also spends three hours a night working behind a mask, not the best way to raise your Q-rating. Perhaps the new face plays in a different part of California, where the unapologetically precocious Trout is the relentless turbine on a Los Angeles Angels team that includes Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton.“Talking to other managers, no doubt Mike’s the MVP of our league, but the best player in our league,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.Whether Trout is the best player within a 30-mile radius of his home ballpark is another matter.The scruffy 26-year-old Clayton Kershaw has baseball’s second-most popular jersey behind Jeter and is the favorite to become the first NL pitcher since Bob Gibson in 1968 to win the league’s MVP award.Dodgers teammate Yasiel Puig may join the group too, provided the dynamic Cuban-born outfielder can rein himself in, both on the diamond and off.Hailed as the baseball version of LeBron James on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a 16-year-old, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper lacks Jeter’s polish. Talent, Harper’s got.Harper called Jeter “irreplaceable,” and the 21-year-old said he doesn’t spend a lot of time worrying about his place in MLB’s hierarchy.“That should be left up to what fans think or how they feel or who … little kids want to look at and how they want to go about having a hero and what they think the game should be like or how it should be played,” he said. “If that’s some guy in this league, we’ll let fans figure that out.”And it will be figured out after Jeter’s gone.“Obviously he’s going to be missed but he’s not the game of baseball,” said Pirates catcher Russell Martin, who spent two years playing alongside Jeter. “The game is going to keep going on after he plays. No matter who you are as a person, the game is going to keep evolving, hopefully in the right direction.”One that will be steered by the next wave as Jeter waves goodbye.___AP Sports Writers Janie McCauley in San Francisco, Howard Fendrich in Washington, D.C., Ron Blum in New York and freelance writer Amy Jinkner-Lloyd in Atlanta contributed to this report.